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How to Videos: Working with User Accounts

Working with User Accounts

This lesson shows you how to add, edit, and delete a user in Windows. Having a user account for each person who accesses the computer is important because it allows each person's files (i.e., documents, pictures, music) and their desktop to be kept separate.







    Add a User

  • Go to Start Menu —> Control Panel —> User Accounts and Family Safety —> User Accounts.
  • Click "Manage another account".
  • Then click "Create a new account".
  • Add a name for the user account and set the permissions.
  • Click "Create Account".

    Delete a User

  • Go to Start Menu —> Control Panel —> User Accounts and Family Safety —> User Accounts.
  • Click "Manage another account".
  • Click the account you want to delete.
  • Click "Delete the account".
  • Choose whether to keep the user's files (i.e., Documents, Music, and Pictures folders) or not.
  • Click "Delete Account".





    Create Your Password

  • Go to Start Menu —> Control Panel —> User Accounts and Family Safety —> User Accounts.
  • To add a password to your account, click "Create a password for your account".
  • Set the password and type it twice to confirm.
  • You may add a password hint to help you remember the password.
  • Click "Create password".

    Change Your Password

  • Go to Start Menu —> Control Panel —> User Accounts and Family Safety —> User Accounts.
  • To edit a password to your account, click "Change your password".
  • Change the password and type it twice to confirm.
  • You may change the password hint to help you remember the password.
  • Click "Change password".

    Change Your Account Name

  • Go to Start Menu —> Control Panel —> User Accounts and Family Safety —> User Accounts.
  • Click "Change your account name".
  • Type in the desired name.
  • Click "Change Name".

    Change Your Account Permissions

  • Go to Start Menu —> Control Panel —> User Accounts and Family Safety —> User Accounts.
  • Click "Change your account type".
  • If you only have one account on your machine, it has to be an Administrator account.
  • If you want to restrict this user, change the account to "Standard user". A standard user can run programs, but cannot install programs or edit important items such as security settings.
  • Click "Change Account Type".